Pandemic Response & Campus Well-Being
March 30, 2022
COVID-19 dramatically reshaped how colleges and universities educate their students, protect their campus communities, and conduct operations. Institutions across the country have had to manage pandemic prevention and response efforts, while also trying to minimize unprecedented disruption and profound financial and administrative upheaval. At the same time, differences in state-level responses to COVID-19 have inhibited decision-making capacity and enhanced campus liability. At this Presidents’ Trust town hall, campus leaders discuss the moral distress encountered by college and university presidents as they seek to maintain the well-being of students, faculty, and staff on their campuses during these uncertain times.
Session 2 of the Series: Moral Distress in Higher Education Leadership
Lynn PasquerellaPresident, AAC&U
Tuajuanda JordanPresident, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Mike FloresChancellor, Alamo Colleges District
Julio FrenkPresident, University of Miami
G. Gabrielle StarrPresident, Pomona College
Series Overview: Moral Distress in Higher Education Leadership
The AAC&U Presidents’ Trust invites you to a series of virtual town hall meetings focused on issues causing moral distress for today’s college and university presidents. Moral distress, often discussed in the context of healthcare, occurs when one knows the ethically correct action to take but feels powerless to take that action. Leaders in higher education face moral distress when there is conflict between the values of the individual, the institution, and/or the community or legal system governing that community.
Presented by the AAC&U Presidents’ Trust, this series is intended for higher education leaders and partners, and complimentary for members of AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust and their board chairs. Higher education boards can be an important source of support for leaders and campuses in times of moral distress, and an impactful voice and force for liberal education.